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A mention, allusion, citation, or homage to other works.

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Was this Simpsons - Boy Scout link intentional?

Someone posted Canyonero gif from The Simpsons, in our office chat recently. I noticed the signwriting on the side of the scout's bus. https://c.tenor.com/j3Et7zLSG1cAAAAd/canyonero-arrow.gif (too ...
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Love, Victor: Love, Simon Jacket Reference

In Season 1, Episode 8 of Love, Victor, Simon (from Love, Simon) makes a cameo. He gives Victor his jacket and sais this: "Bram said he would burn it if I wore it one more time" I know ...
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What is the book/novel Mike Ross refers to in the pilot of Suits?

In the pilot of Suits, in the scene during the hotel interview with Harvey, Is this book he's referring to real or something made up to help the plot of the pilot episode? If the book IS real, can ...
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Young Sheldon, Season 1 Episode 11 "I was once visited by nine"

The entire quote, after young Sheldon is awakened from his binary meaning to the universe dream, Jim Parsons speaks the words: "I was once visited by Nine when I had chickenpox. He was a lot less ...
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What is the reference in Jerry Seinfeld 'The Kiss Hello'?

In 'The Kiss Hello' (Season 6, Episode 17), Kramer institutes a policy where the apartment building neighbors start saying hi to one another. Which Jerry hates. Mary, a particularly friendly ...
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Is the Mayor of Mos Espa a reference to the deepfaker Shamook?

In the first The Mandalorian spin-off series, The Book of Boba Fett, early on viewers are introduced to Mos Espa's "de facto" mayor named Mok Shaiz. Now while Star Wars has it's own unique ...
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Do TV shows ever directly reference unrelated shows?

I was watching S4E2 of Shakespeare & Hathaway the other day and the plot involved something that I'd never heard of (see spoiler, below) until it featured as the major plot element of an episode ...
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Was "My People, My Country" financed by the state?

"My People, My Country" is a Chinese movie from 2019, created to commemorate the 70 years from the founding of the People’s Republic. It was the 14th highest grossing Non-English film of all ...
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The Expanse and Aliens Correllation

I'm watching the S6E6 of The Expanse. There's a part of the episode where they are starting to track vital signs of individuals who are deploying. On the screen, there's four names which stood out to ...
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Reference in dolphin flipping a coin in front of a yellow sports car scene

Which movie reference is this, in The Simpsons - Night Of The Dolphins (S12E01-Treehouse of Horror 11), A dolphin is flipping a coin in front of a yellow sports car. Is this a 1932 Ford Standard ...
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Is the Trinity Killer Inspired by any real life/fictional serial killers or brutal criminals?

After recently rewatching season four of Showtime's Dexter, I had been wondering if John Lithgow's character Arthur Mitchell aka "The Trinity Killer" was inspired by or loosely based on any ...
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Moby Dick reference in Mank (2020)

Orson Welles put Mank under contract to write the first draft screenplay for "Citizen Kane" under the supervision of  John Houseman. Mank is former partner in the Mercury Theatre, Welles's ...
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Did Strange Supreme's power accruing scene include any significant cameo?

In What If...? episode four, when Dr. Strange was trying to acquire powers from other beings and became Strange Supreme, do any of those beings have any significance in reference to the Marvel comics?
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Is this scene in dexter a direct reference to a historical painting and what is it?

In Dexter Season 6 episode 7 named Nebraska, Dexter travels to Nebraska to investigate a possible resurgence of the Trinity Killer. In this episode, he's accompanied by his brother as his imaginary ...
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References to Lupin 3rd in Netflix's Lupin series?

I just finished watching Lupin "In the shadow of Arsène" series by Netflix. The series is manifestly inspired to Arsène Lupin, portrayed in the novels by Maurice Leblanc. While in the plot ...
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On whom are the aliens-turned-music stars in Interstella 5555 based?

In the movie Interstella 5555 by Daft Punk it is insinuated that all genius musicians on Earth are actually aliens kidnapped by an evil manager and turned into humans. Some of them are shown being ...
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Seinfeld and Lovejoy Connection

In the Seinfeld episode The Pitch (1992) George suggests a sitcom idea to Jerry wherein Jerry runs an antique store and "people come into the store and you get involved with their lives". ...
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What's the point of the song "look at me, I'm Sandra Dee" in Grease?

This song looks to be a reference to the actress Sandra Dee, as if herself or the roles she played were that of an "innocent" grown up woman. I'm not much an expert on what roles she played ...
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Big Lebowsky vs Barbie Girl question

My friend says that there is a common theme in The Big Lebowski and Aqua - Barbie Girl Both scenes have a girl lying beside a pool in a lime green bathing suit with sunglasses, offering a lewd ...
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A movie into a movie into a movie

There are movies with scenes in which a character is watching another actual movie, where by "actual movie" I mean a movie existing in the real world. For example, in I Am Legend (2007) the ...
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What is Margaret eating in this scene in The Iron Lady [closed]

A young Margaret Roberts is hoping to be elected as a candidate for parliament for Dartford. She is invited along for a rather glamorous dinner. There is a close up of her starter. Start from the ...
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Deadwood Season 1 Episode 2 - What is "flag T"?

In the Season 1 Episode 2 there is the following dialoge: ... (Tom Mason bursts into the office, stark naked, holding his dick.) Tom: This snatch is branded'! (Laughing – Al still has Phil by the ...
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Why is the "Rocky" franchise particularly lampooned for its many sequels?

Several other movies and other media have portrayed fictional high-numbered sequels of the Rocky franchise: Spaceballs shows the spines of videocassettes for Rocky I through XIV. A movie poster for &...
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Is the statue used in Darkwing Duck of The Great Mouse Detective?

In the Darkwing Duck episode "Duck Blind" we see the statue used by DW to take him to his lair. Is this of The Great Mouse Detective?
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When did Martin Scorsese say "the most personal is the most creative"?

In his acceptance speech for the Academy Award for Best Director, Bong Joon-Ho - director of Parasite - famously said that "the most personal [filmmaking] is the most creative" and said that ...
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Did Yoga Vasistha influence Inception?

Yoga Vasistha is a scripture of sanathan dharma, aka. Hinduism. It has a vast explanation of the relativity of space and time, and also talks about dreams, reality, illusion, and other aspects in ...
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What was Agent Smith in "The Matrix" referring to while torturing Morpheus?

[...] Wachowski believers hold it’s possible to offer sweeping social criticism at such a massive scale. “Because of the iconography of V For Vendetta,” says Kuplowsky, citing the Wachowski-written ...
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Is "black mountain" in S04E05 "Rattlestar Ricklactica" a reference to something?

In Rick and Morty S04E05 - "Rattlestar Ricklactica", Rick and Morty had this conversation: Morty: I'm dying, Rick. [Groans] I can see the black mountain. Rick: People who are really dying ...
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Are 'the prisoner's card numbers '666' a reference to a certain aspect of the plot? Does it repeat along the series?

In the series "The prisoner" season 1 ep 1 (I only saw it for now), the protagonist, number '6', receives his cards to access services on the island. The scene is the following: ...
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Which art works are referenced in the Hey Duggee 'Art Badge' episode?

There is an episode of Hey Duggee, a British children's animation, called 'The Art Badge.' The main episodic theme of this piece is the world famous Frieze Art Fair, and different world famous art ...
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Why do they say Adora can't act?

In the 2018 show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (a reboot of the 1984 show of a similar name), characters will sometimes say that the protagonist, Adora, can't act (sometimes "to save her life"). ...
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Which Hanna-Barbera franchises are featured in "Scoob!"?

I haven’t seen the new Scooby-Doo movie (Scoob!), just enough of the trailer to know that Blue Falcon and Dick Dasterly are in it. My question is how many other Hanna-Barbara franchises are there in ...
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Is the phrase "Zowie, I'm young!" a reference?

In Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6, Episode 8, title He Said, She Said, Captain Holt says the phrase Zowie, I'm young! to Terry and Boyle upon discovering the Disco Strangler is still alive (around ...
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Have the Cloverfield films drawn from Half-Life or earlier base material about aliens invading from a portal?

After watching all Cloverfield movies, it seems like the principal idea of humans bringing in several alien species thru a portal inadvertently has very similar structure as the story of the video ...
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Is this unknown character meant to be an allusion to a Six?

While recently rewatching the HBO re-imaged TV series, Westworld, I noticed in the second season two episode titled, Reunion, the camera follows the back of this character dressed in a white dress ...
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Meaning of the 'single white lighting bolt on black background' symbol in JoJo Rabbit?

There were two different 'single lightning bolt' symbols. The first on is a badge awarded within the hitlerjugend afaik: The second one has different colors and is portrayed on a flag. What's its ...
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Is this line delivered by Arsenio Hall an homage to a film, made 12 year prior?

Below are excerpts of these two screenplays. The delivery of the lines suggests that John Landis and crew (of Amazon...) may have been paying homage to the Philip Marlowe noir detective drama of a ...
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Is this scene with Djarin and the Child an allusion to a scene in E.T.?

As many might know, it's not uncommon to see references between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg works in each other's films, whether it be Star Wars' R2-D2 & C-3PO hieroglyphs in Indiana Jones: ...
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What are the masks and droids in "The Mandalorian" intro?

The Mandalorian intro shows a set of masks and droids that are famous throughout the Star Wars universe. I've recognized a few, but not all. In order, Darth Vader, ...
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Shared imagery - Blade Runner & Man in the High Castle

Spoilers for Man in the High Castle season 4, beware. Of course, both are adaptations of stories by Philip K Dick, so it wouldn't be unexpected that the film-makers might acknowledge that in some ...
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Are there any references in the movie 'Jason Bourne' that acknowledge the continuity of 'The Bourne Legacy'?

The Bourne Legacy is the 4th film in the Bourne series but without Matt Damon. It tells a parallel story of a different kind of enhanced agent, while referencing the continued developments of ...
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Was Ted Levin playing Bill Primm an easter egg?

In Ray Donovan S3E1, We see Micky (Chip) is now in Primm (State line) where he works at Buffalo Bill's casino which sets to stage for events to come. When the rich guy pulls up to the gas pump, we ...
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"I George Brent myself" meaning

In Family Guy, season 16, episode 7, Putin is entering Peter's house and declaring he needs the bathroom because he "George Brent himself". I have googled this, as instructed by Peter, but could not ...
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In what ways was "Star Wars" influenced by "The Hidden Fortress"?

I've heard many times that George Lucas got some of his ideas for his 1977 movie Star Wars from Akira Kurosawa's movie The Hidden Fortress. I can see how Tahei and Matashichi could have (in some ways) ...
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What were the books being burnt in Jojo Rabbit?

Near the start of Jojo Rabbit whilst at the Hitler youth camp, there is a book burning scene. There is a shot where it zooms in on two of the books being burnt in the fire. I didn't recognize the ...
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Did my grandfather get a shoutout in Shazam?

Okay, so first a little family history. During the 1940's, my grandfather had a job working for Fawcett Comics answering fan-mail. Specifically, whenever a kid wrote a letter to Captain Marvel, he ...
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James Van Der Beek reference in "The Office" TV series

In the 19th episode (The Negotiation) of season 3 of TV Series The Office, Michael sees assistant of Jan and ask her "Were you going to tell me that you hired James Van Der Beek." (time: 22:19) I ...
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Meaning behind Agent Coulson's number plate (easter egg?)

At the end of Iron Man 2, we see Coulson arrive in the New Mexico desert in a silver car. We are treated to a somewhat unnecessary close up of the car's number plate. 8RE-2Z1 Everything in the MCU ...
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Why Gotham Globe became Gotham City Gazette in Crisis?

In Supergirl S05E09 aka Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One we see Batman (1989) universe with Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl). But the newspaper they show was Gotham City Gazette: Rather then famous ...
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Every Character and show referenced in Crisis On Infinite Earth?

The CW crossover for this year is called Crisis on Infinite Earths and most of the CW shows and characters are seen or said as a reference by someone. So I am wondering if someone could explain which ...
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